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What is creativity? Raph Koster demystifies innovation and imagination 12
by Kris Graft [11.03.14]
At GDC Next today, veteran game designer Raph Koster aimed to demystify creativity in game design, and give practical tips on how to be creative.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC Next

Don't Miss: Postmortem - McMillen and Himsl's The Binding of Isaac 26
by Edmund McMillen [11.03.14]
How did a game destined for failure become a cult smash? Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy) discusses how he added religion to The Legend of Zelda, mixed it with a roguelike, and came out with a surprise hit.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From the Politics of MMOs to Inclusion as a UX Issue  
by Kris Ligman [11.03.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from the political utopianism of the modern MMO to treating industry inclusivity as a UX issue.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

ALT.CTRL.GDC needs your one-of-a-kind alternative controller games!  
by John Polson [11.03.14]
The much-lauded ALT.CTRL.GDC is returning for GDC 2015, and seeking submissions until Dec. 23rd for one-of-a-kind game peripherals, contraptions and novelties which enhance game experiences.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Creating a new kind of game story: Ice-Bound's combinatorial narrative 9
by Gamasutra Community [11.03.14]
"Combinatorial narrative is when several sections of text can be combined in different ways to yield significantly different stories. This differs from branching models, because the possibility space explodes much quicker."
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design

I am Bread dev: Building games for YouTube is a bad idea Exclusive 4
by Mike Rose [11.03.14]
Earlier this month, Bossa Studios unveiled I am Bread, a game about manhandling a piece of bread in a bid to become toast.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Consensual tentacles: Naomi Clark's provocative card game Exclusive 9
by Leigh Alexander [11.03.14]
New York-based veteran developer Naomi Clark is fundamentally a brilliant designer first, a sexual politician second. Her new game Consentacle seems familiar, until you unpack it just a little bit.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

'What are your favorite horror games, and why?' 13
by Christian Nutt [10.31.14]
For our Halloween question, we asked developers to share their favorites in the horror genre. But since it's a dev question, we wanted a little more than that...
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Classic Video Postmortem: Alone in the Dark 6
by Staff [10.31.14]
Preceding games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, Infogrames' Alone in the Dark proved to be a landmark for the survival horror genre, and now series creator Frederick Raynal explores how the classic title came to be.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: A study of how horror games affect their players 13
by Joel Windels [10.31.14]
Usability studio Vertical Slice measures player reactions to four horror games to find out which is "scariest," how casual and core players react, and whether they get scared in the same way.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: The story of the Halloween Mod for Half-Life  
by Gamasutra Community [10.31.14]
An interview, by a fan and game design student, with the creator of a popular Halloween-themed mod from 2002: Swiss_Cheese Halloween Mod.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Thoughts on the glorification of violence 107
by Gamasutra Community [10.31.14]
"I think the glorification of violence is something that people -- particularly males -- are taught to value. I don't think it's something we would otherwise naturally value."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

GDC Next: Lecture recommendations for press  
by Simon Carless [10.31.14]
GDC organizers have helped put together a list of some of the most interesting lectures at next week's s GDC Next event, with an eye towards what would work well written up for a larger audience.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

The Witness artist reminds us to keep it simple, stupid Exclusive 8
by Alex Wawro [10.31.14]
"To evoke emotions through art, in games or anything else, you have to break down your medium," says The Witness artist and Twelve Minutes developer Luis Antonio.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive

Just a level solver: Why my puzzle game took over a year to complete 17
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"I was stumped. Out of optimization ideas, I considered giving up. Maybe I could just put in the best solutions I found on my own and make it a competition for my players to beat those scores?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Ex-Blizzard frontman Rob Pardo shares his approach to game design  
by Alex Wawro [10.30.14]
Civilization IV designer Soren Johnson talks to ex-Blizzard designer Rob Pardo (Warcraft 3, Starcraft II) about his career and his approach to design in the new Designer Notes podcast.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Don't Miss: The neuroscience of survival horror 14
by Maral Tajerian [10.30.14]
How do survival horror games like The Evil Within work on our brains? Neuroscientist M. Tajerian unpacks the mechanism behind the scares in Amnesia, Dead Space and Silent Hill in this classic feature.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design

Blog: How much friction? Tension in Alien: Isolation 8
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"The game is good, evoking the tension of Ridley Scott's original movie by pitting a single protagonist against a nigh-unstoppable xenomorph. But about 2/3 of my way through the game I started feeling annoyance, rather than tension."
Console/PC, Design

Designing a 'playable' UI that secretly teaches how to play 7
by Gamasutra Community [10.30.14]
"We could have relied on traditional, text-based tutorials, but most players would have just ignored them to then have a hard time playing the game like itís supposed to be played."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Developers, get ready: GDC Next kicks off on Monday  
by Staff [10.30.14]
GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC descends upon the Los Angeles Convention Center next Monday. Here's what you need to know about where to go and what to see while you're there.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next